FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has at least raised the possibility that the Internet economy is at an "inflection point" at which the government needs to step in to insure the continuing ability of innovative startups to scale up at the pace of high-speed broadband.
That came in the FCC's Thursday network neutrality forum on the economics of broadband, in this case mostly the economics of paid priority.
Wheeler, the self-described seeker of light over heat in the FCC's series of net neutrality forums, proudly drew some of the latter with a provocative question to end the event.
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.